Mt Pleasant School is in a residential area, nestled into the Port Hills on the eastern side of Christchurch with amazing views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch City and across to the Southern Alps to the west. It was established in 1928, and was originally situated further up Major Hornbrook Road in what is now the Old School Reserve.
The zone for our school takes in the Mt Pleasant community and extends down the hill to include the new Brookhaven subdivision. Our school is categorized as Decile 10, and we teach children from Years 0 to 8.
The community we draw from has demonstrated great determination and resilience to recover from the 2011 earthquakes. On February 22, 2011 our school was seen as a safe haven for the entire community. We hosted and cared for over 200 people in our emergency tent city without any initial assistance from outside agencies. As a result of these earthquakes Mt Pleasant suffered substantial damage, with large pockets of homes on the hill deemed unsafe and families forced to move elsewhere. We recognise that there are still a large number of families with ongoing, unresolved housing issues. However, over the past year there has been a huge amount of activity within our community, and we are seeing many families finally able to move on with their lives and return to their family homes.
It is wonderful to see that our community has remained strong and supportive of each other.